Verena Jaekel

Shaheen Unis with her Husband and Grandchildren, Edinburgh, 19 June 2011. From A Scottish Family Portrait series

About this artwork

Amongst her many achievements, Shaheen Unis co-founded the Edinburgh Mela. She first came to Britain from Lahore in 1967 as a young bride aged sixteen. Settling in Edinburgh in 1971, she credits her father and grandmother with the entrepreneurial spirit which inspired her to found her flourishing Asian catering company. Although she does not describe herself as Scottish, Unis feels that having settled here for so many years, her loyalty lies with Scotland and it is her duty to give back to the community. This photograph shows Unis with her husband and grandchildren at home in Edinburgh. There is a warmth to the picture which reflects the close knit family unit.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Verena JaekelGerman (born 1980)
  • title:
    Shaheen Unis with her Husband and Grandchildren, Edinburgh, 19 June 2011. From A Scottish Family Portrait series
  • date created:
    2011
  • materials:
    digital C-type print
  • measurements:
    110.00 x 86.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2009
  • accession number:
    PGP 779.10
  • gallery:
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Verena Jaekel

Verena Jaekel